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Ask the Loveologist: What’s Happened to Teen Contraception?

Although 98 percent of teens said they’d used birth control at least once, with condoms being the most common choice, the new Plan B pill is increasingly being viewed as a viable alternative to preventive contraception. By using the oral contraception within 72 hours of unprotected sex, women can prevent the majority of pregnancies. The plan b pill is not being recommended as a primary form of contraception even though an increasing number of teenagers, do use it this way. This is due in part to the fact that the teenage years are not known  for their strength of planning ahead.

This new relaxed attitude about teen sexuality and pregnancy has impacted awareness and concern about other important sexual health issues. Both of these new chosen forms of contraception do not provide protection for any  sexually transmitted diseases. Combined with a hook-up culture that dominates sexuality for many teens, this is indeed a dangerous situation.

Education and openness are the most valuable tools we have at our disposal to help our youth steer their collective culture in a direction that is life giving and supports them in building real relationships that will help them grow their lives. Our teens deserve this from all of us.

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Wendy Strgar

Wendy Strgar, founder and CEO of Good Clean Love, is a loveologist who writes and lectures on Making Love Sustainable, a green philosophy of relationships which teaches the importance of valuing the renewable resources of love, intimacy and family.  In her new book, Love that Works: A Guide to Enduring Intimacy,  she tackles the challenging issues of sustaining relationships and healthy intimacy with an authentic and disarming style and simple yet innovative adviceIt has been called "the essential guide for relationships."  The book is available on ebook.  Wendy has been married for 27 years to her husband, a psychiatrist, and lives with their four children ages 13- 22 in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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7:18AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

selfish ignorance

6:43PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Thanks for the article.

6:03AM PST on Mar 7, 2011

Parents need to take a step further not only should the talk about the "birds and the bees" but also elaborate on safe sex.

5:44AM PST on Jan 9, 2011

Thanks for the info.

5:38AM PDT on Aug 21, 2010

Oh dear! Get these kids educated!

Unwanted pregnancies, abortions and SDTs all follow in the wake of ill-information.

5:37AM PDT on Aug 21, 2010

Oh dear! Get these kids educated!

Unwanted pregnancies, abortions and SDTs all follow in the wake of ill-information.

5:37AM PDT on Aug 21, 2010

Oh dear! Get these kids educated!

Unwanted pregnancies, abortions and SDTs all follow in the wake of ill-information.

5:45PM PDT on Aug 12, 2010

Call me what you will but whoever thinks that unprotected sex is ok and the rhythm method works or that you can care for a kid at 17 (or earlier) is retarded!

The "lack of education" excuse is ridiculous, sure there should be more of it but not having any is no reason to not know what is safe. Any idiot can open Google type in safe sex or birth control and find all the information the school system failed to give them.

4:08PM PDT on Aug 2, 2010

That's really bad. My teenage daughter (if I had one) would have been sex-educated at home and given birth control with her dinners, so to speak.

12:42AM PDT on Jul 3, 2010

scary. the plan-b pill doesn't prevent stds.

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